VOTERS' GUIDE 2013
LACKAWANNA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS JUDGE
P. Timothy Kelly, cross-filed Alyce Hailstone Farrell, cross-filed James A. Gibbons, cross-filed Patricia G. Rieder, cross-filed Donna Davis Javitz, cross-filed
P. Timothy Kelly
I have been practicing law in Northeastern Pennsylvania in excess of 30 years. During that time, I have represented people from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania before the various Courts of Common Pleas in the counties that make up Northeast Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. As an attorney who has spent 30 years going into courtrooms and fighting for average citizens, I have a deep understanding and respect for the role of judges in our judicial system. A judge should be firm but fair to all parties involved but, above all, a judge must always follow the rules and the letter of the law. I have spent my entire career inside courtrooms before dozens of different judges. I know what a judge should be. My wide-ranging practice has included cases involving personal injury, workers' compensation, wills, estates, elder law, real estate transactions, and gas rights. I am certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and as a Civil Pretrial Advocate. I have participated in the Trial Lawyers Care program, created by the American Association for Justice representing families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks free of charge before the Victim's Compensation Fund administered by the federal government.
My wife and I founded Timmy's Town Center, a hands-on children's museum in the Mall at Steamtown, in memory of our son, Timmy, who died at age 5 of childhood cancer.
I humbly request your vote.
James A. Gibbons
I'm Judge Jim Gibbons. I've spent my 31-year legal career practicing civil and criminal law. I started as a law clerk to Federal Judge Richard P. Conaboy. I also served six years as a federal prosecutor, fighting drug trafficking, healthcare and consumer fraud. I am currently serving my second term as your Magisterial District Judge in the Abingtons.
In 2009, I was chosen to serve on the statewide commission investigating the criminal wrongdoing in the Luzerne County juvenile court system. This experience drove home first-hand to me the harm caused by judicial abuse, and the damage done to the justice system by these corrupt judges.
I'm a graduate of Scranton Prep, the University of Scranton and Seton Hall School of Law. My civic involvement past and present includes Board Chairman of Friendship House, member of the Board of Directors of the Abington Heights Educational Improvement Organization, volunteer for Race for the Cure, an adjunct faculty member at Penn State Worthington and the University of Scranton, Assistant Den Leader for Cub Scouts Pack 156, Coach of Lackawanna Youth Basketball, Lector at Saint Peter's Cathedral and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Gregory's Church.
My late wife Kelly and I have been blessed with five wonderful children: Megan, Quinn, Catie, Brennan and Eamon.
I promise if you honor me with your vote on Tuesday, May 21, I will uphold the stringent ethical standards expected on our judiciary.
Patricia G. Rieder
Serving as a Lackawanna County Court Judge is something for which I have prepared myself thoroughly during my years of practice in both the private and public sectors.
My experience as a Special Hearing Master has, essentially, placed me into the role of a judge for more than five years. I have worked diligently to insure that the rights of children who may have been abused or neglected, as well as the dignity and rights of our elderly who may have been victimized by fraud or abuse have been protected. Complementing my experience is my belief that integrity must be the hallmark of our judicial system. Average citizens depend upon the court to fairly interpret and apply the law; no matter what the circumstances surrounding any issue might be. My profound belief in that approach to both practicing and interpreting the law is absolute.
My active participation in the community in civic and fraternal organizations underscores my commitment to our region.
As a graduate of Valley View High School, the University of Scranton and Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, I know that the values I hold so essential were formed and developed because of the community in which I was born and raised.
My husband, Dr. Jeff Rieder, and our children, Abigail, Alex, Adeline and Amelia are the sources of delight and inspiration to me every day.
I ask for your vote on May 21 in order to continue to work every day for youâ¦and every citizen of Lackawanna County.
No candidates on ballot
Andy J. Jarbola III
Frank J. Bolock, Jr.
Joseph J. Brazil
Paul J. Catalano
Michael A. Catanzaro
Alexander J. Chelik
Laureen A. Cummings
Michael A. Dempsey
Gary T. Duncan
Sharon L. Gebert
Michael A. Giannetta
Catherine C. Hosie
Reginald H. Mariani
Jason M. Miller
Mary L. Oleski
Marnie O'Dea Palmer
Marilyn C. Ruane
Marie A. Schumacher
Mary Jo Sheridan
Mary Rose McAndrew Spano
Mike Stutz Stuchlak
Diane J. Walsh
Joseph M. Walsh
Sarah F. Walsh
Robert P. Weber
Frank J. Bolock, Jr.
I am a lifelong resident of Lackawanna County and I am committed to using my talents and abilities to assist with the development of a recommendation for the most effective and efficient form of government for Lackawanna County. I believe that as a consequence of my educational background and my professional and life experience, I can effectively contribute to the mission of the Lackawanna County Government Study Commission. I have the benefit of an excellent undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Scranton. In addition, I have been a practicing attorney in Lackawanna County for 34 years with a concentration in municipal/governmental law. I have had the privilege of working with all levels of government including federal, state, county, the city of Scranton and a variety of boroughs and townships throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.
The issue of whether or not to change the form of Lackawanna County government is ultimately up to the citizens of Lackawanna County. I am committed to objectively and independently considering all potential forms of government and then participating in developing a recommendation for Lackawanna County that best serves the interests of the county's citizens. I would appreciate your vote on Election Day, May 21, 2013.
Michael A. Giannetta (PHOTO)
In the upcoming election, you will decide if a study commission should be elected to consider changing from three county commissioners to something new, like an elected county council with an experienced professional manager running the business of county government.
One can persuasively argue that too much power is concentrated in the hands of just two majority commissioners. Without sufficient checks and balances, that power can be easily abused, as we have seen with our former commissioners, who are now in prison. You will also be asked to elect seven people to serve on this study commission. I am a candidate for one of those positions. I graduated from Temple Law School and I am a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, where I have also taught American history. I am a former PA Deputy Attorney General and have served in local government for many years as a Scott Township supervisor and sewer authority member. Over the years, I have been active working on issues important to the public, such as opposing the first Scranton commuter tax and advocating for an amended Sunshine Act that now guarantees taxpayers the right to speak at all public meetings. I seek the opportunity to continue serving our community on the study commission. I will use my education, training and experience to fully and fairly review possible changes to create a county government where experience and qualifications matter, and where it is more about what you know than who you know.
Charlie Spano (PHOTO) I am a candidate for the non-partisan County Government Study Commission, and I was elected to the Scranton Study Commission in 2001. I was vice-chair of the Scranton Planning Commission and am an alternate Zoning Board member. I am the thirty-seventh name listed for the County Study Commission. I'm a candidate with elected government study commission experience and the lessons learned there will be valuable on the county study commission. There is a great need for reform that must be carefully thought out and explained thoroughly to the voters. I graduated from West Scranton High School, received a degree in elementary education from Wilkes and a Master's in administration from the University of Scranton. My parents were Charlie and Olga Sabbatini Spano. A retired elementary teacher, I have been active in many community organizations. I was president of the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, South Scranton Lions Club, Phi Delta Kappa, Columbus Day Association and the Board of the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Association. I was a director of the Lackawanna River Corridor Assn. for a decade. I formed the 911 Memorial Committee of Lackawanna County that annually remembers the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. I was the assistant manager for recruiting in NEPA for the U.S. Census from 2008 to 2010 and was deputy director of voter education for Lackawanna County from 2006-2008. I am married to Mary Rose McAndrew Spano and together we have four adult children and twin granddaughters.
Mary Rose McAndrew Spano (PHOTO) I am a candidate for the non-partisan Government Study Commission, and grew up in Throop where I was the valedictorian of my class at the former Throop High School, now consolidated into the Mid Valley School District. My parents are the late Gerald and Rose Nealon McAndrew, both teachers. I graduated from Marywood with a degree in elementary education and I pursued some post-graduate credits. During college, I worked as a counselor at a summer camp in Lake Ariel. Raising my family took priority over permanent employment. As my children grew up, I worked as a substitute elementary teacher in the Scranton School District. Later, I worked in retail sales. Joining the staff of SLHDA, I was eventually a case worker for a program that assisted low income people with their heating bill payments. I am running for the study commission with an open mind. I agree changes must be made but my experience with the intricacies of governmental programs means we should think deeply, act thoroughly and decide carefully. From 1999 to 2001 I attended every meeting of the Scranton Home Rule Commission, which performed the same functions envisioned for the Lackawanna County Government Study Commission. I am married to Charlie Spano and together we have four adult children and twin granddaughters.
Joseph M. Walsh I'm Joseph (Joe) Walsh and I am running for the Lackawanna County Government Study Commission. I was born and have lived in Lackawanna County all my life and reside in Fleetville (Benton Twp.) since 1977 and am a proud graduate of West Scranton High School and Penn State and have worked as a locomotive engineer for various railroads for the past 40 years. I want to be part of this commission to make sure that all voices are heard before anything is decided. We don't need to rush to judgment to change or to keep the current form of county government. My mind is open and I want to hear the pros and cons of each side and I would like to hear from the residents of the county before I cast my vote. Some people running for this commission have their minds made up before this election, I don't. Some people have their own agenda, I don't. If the voters say yes to this commission, I believe that it needs people from different parts of the county and not just people who have a grudge against the current government or people who want to change our present form of government, just to change it. Please take your time and vote the way you feel is right, not the way someone tells you to vote. I ask for your vote on May 21 even if you vote no on the question. Thank you.
Sarah F. Walsh Hello, I'm Sarah Fowler Walsh and I am running for the Lackawanna County Government Study Commission. I have lived in this county since moving here in 2001 from western New York and have stayed here because this is my home that I share with my husband, Joe, and our son, Collin. I am employed for the Scranton School District as a para-professional and help with a second-grade girl that is in a wheelchair. I listened to the reasons for starting this commission, the court battles over it and I still don't know which way is the best but I want to be involved in this process. I want to hear what the voters say, not the money people. I want to hear the pros and cons of our current government and what are the options before jumping into something that we all might regret. As the daughter of a retired dairy farmer, I know what hard work involves and I am ready to do the hard work this commission needs to do before making their minds up and to put in the time needed before choosing a course of action. Vote for or against this commission but vote and I ask for your vote on May 21, 2013.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS DEMOCRATS Evie Rafalko McNulty REPUBLICANS Alicia A. DiLeo
Alicia A. DiLeo (PHOTO)
I grew up in Old Forge and graduated from Old Forge Jr./Sr. High School. I am a paralegal and I am qualified for this position because I graduated from McCann School of Business & Technology, summa cum laude, with my degree in business specializing in paralegal studies. I know and understand the fields of law that the Recorder of Deeds office handles, especially working with real estate law. I work in these fields of law on a daily basis. I understand how to use the Recorder of Deeds record search and look forward to educating the residents of Lackawanna County on how to use the search engine as well. I also would like to make every document recorded in the Recorder of Deeds office searchable, since they are not that way now. With my education and experience, I believe that I can work to make the Recorder of Deeds office run more efficiently. I am humbly asking for you to vote to keep the Recorder of Deeds office an elected office and for your vote in the primary on May 21, 2013.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS DEMOCRATS Michael F. Durkin Kim Harding Kelly Fran Kovaleski Paul J. Nardozzi REPUBLICANS Christopher Arnone
Kim Harding Kelly (PHOTO)
I am Kim Harding Kelly, a Candidate for Lackawanna County Register of Wills. I was born and raised in Scranton, the daughter of David and Margaret Harding. I graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts. I am married to Harold Patrick Kelly, formerly of Archbald. We currently live in Clarks Summit with our daughter, Erin. My professional experience is in information systems and business process analysis. I have worked for international companies such as Cargill, and Akzo-Nobel ensuring that technology supported a streamlined business process. I held director positions at TMGHealth and Kane. I have managed departmental and project budgets in excess of 1 million dollars. I am a past president of the Sant'Andrea Society, past member of the OLP PTG and a member of the Scranton Prep Parents Club. I believe that government must provide a service, be accountable for the effective delivery of that service, and provide it efficiently. Our government offices must keep pace with the speed of business. I am the most qualified candidate to ensure this.
Fran Kovaleski (PHOTO)
I am Fran Kovaleski and I am running for Register of Wills. Â A lifelong resident of Lackawanna County, I have called Jessup my home along with my husband Ken, our three sons and nine beautiful grandchildren. I believe Lackawanna County deserves a Register of Wills with experience, integrity and knowledge. I am that person. Â
For 18 years, I have served as the Deputy Register of Wills. I am the only candidate who possesses the experience, knowledge and understanding to administer the expansive duties of the office with transparency and efficiency. I feel passionately that such an essential office must continue to be about providing good government services to the residents of Lackawanna County, rather than good politics, empty promises and cronyism. As Deputy, I have been instrumental in running a model office that has provided surplus funds to Lackawanna County and essential services to its residents. As an agent for the PA Department of Revenue, our office collects approximately $12,000,000 in inheritance tax, processes approximately 1,500 estates annually and provides free online access to wills 1878-present. As clerk of Orphan's Court, our office handles approximately 125 adoptions and 200 active guardianships annually. As the Marriage License Bureau, we are the only office in Pennsylvania to provide free online access to records from 1885-present, and provide expedited services for active military members. I will continue to provide the residents of Lackawanna County with the efficient and transparent government they deserve. I humbly ask for your vote.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY SHERIFF DEMOCRATS Nicholas D. DeSando Rob Mazzoni Mark P. McAndrew REPUBLICANS Joseph Albert Dominick Manetti
Joseph Albert (PHOTO)
My background as an Army Officer, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, as deputy mayor of Miami, Fla. and now an insurance executive is one of leadership, decision making and strategic planning. Skills needed to command the sheriff's office. I plan to make the office of sheriff more professional by eliminating nepotism and cronyism. I will remove the fear of retaliation that deputies have expressed to me over losing their positions due to superiors demanding unreasonable loyalty in turn for extra duty hours. I will institute a policy of zero tolerance of corruption and sexual harassment. I will reduce the budget by a minimum of 10 percent without reducing staff. I will investigate the allegations of missing confiscated cash and property, responsible parties will be dealt with swiftly. I will stop the games played with official documents for landlords and lawyers. I am a leader in veterans affairs locally and statewide, I have served as commander of several veterans' posts as well as serving on numerous non-profit boards including: NEPA Health Systems Agency, United Neighborhood Centers, Founding member of The Ronald McDonald House, Scranton Rotary, Jewish Community Center, Scranton LIFE Underwriters Council, and serve on the Masonic Temple Scottish Rite Cathedral Association, President of Lackawanna County Council of Veterans. I am not beholding to anyone in this political establishment. I, Lt. Col. Joe Albert, am giving you a decision that is easy as P.I.E. I am a patriot with integrity and ethics.
Nicholas D. DeSando (PHOTO) As a lifelong resident of Lackawanna County, my wife and I chose Dunmore, my hometown, to be a family and raise our three children. A county detective with 23 years of law enforcement experience, I began my career as a police officer in Dunmore, Pa., where I was the first School Resource Officer (SRO) and also the first Police Bike Patrol Officer for Lackawanna County. I was involved in the Lackawanna County Drug Task Force, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE). I have earned numerous certifications including Hostage Negotiator and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Working closely with the PA State Police, Attorney General's Office, FBI, U.S. Marshall's Office, I continue to further my knowledge in order to serve and protect the public, especially when called to duty as a Lackawanna SWAT Team Negotiator. I am committed to the safety of our community and devoted to the protection of our children. I hope to provide more accessibility to the sheriff's office and attempt to utilize it as a countywide police agency by assisting other municipalities 'round-the-clock. I am humbled and greatly appreciate your support as I pursue the opportunity of being elected Lackawanna County Sheriff. I will lead from the heart and make our community proud!
Mark P. McAndrew I resides in Mayfield with my wife Geraldine (former Geraldine Kozuch) and daughters Caroline and Patricia. Also our two dogs Scruffy and Sarge. I was born and raised in Archbald, son of Rosemarie McAndrew and the late Patrick McAndrew. Graduate of Valley View High School and Dickinson School of Law (Act 2 Training) and Act 120 Certification Northeast Training Center, Wyoming. I was hired at the Lackawanna County Sheriff's office in 1990 and I have performed all duties of the Sheriff's Office over the past 23 years. Currently I am assigned as the DARE/School Resource Officer for the Lackawanna County School Districts. I have over 15 years experience of DARE education to the Children of Lackawanna County in association with the Lackawanna County Jr. Deputy Program. Served as a police officer in the boroughs of Archbald and Jermyn which I served for 24 years. I hold certificates in several aspects of law enforcement. On accomplishments to the community I served as Archbald Borough Councilman from 2001 to 2004. I also served on the Mayfield Borough Planning Commission. I am also proud to serve on the board for Cancertacular Foundation. If elected I would like to continue to work closely with other law enforcement agencies to carry out duties and to continue providing education and safe to the children of Lackawanna County. I promise if elected to continue my part to Lackawanna County a safer place to live.
ABINGTON HEIGHTS SCHOOL BOARD Region 1 Michele M. Tierney, cross-filed Region 2 Michele M. Pusateri, cross-filed Region 3 Jeanne Cadman, cross-filed At large Louise Clauss Brzuchalski, cross-filed
BENTON TWP. SUPERVISOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Bonnie Rosiak BENTON TWP. TAX COLLECTOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Donita Wright
CLARKS GREEN BOROUGH COUNCIL
(3 seats) DEMOCRATS Alan F. Hughes David J. Rinaldi REPUBLICANS Joe Barrasse Stephen A. Shumaker
Alan F. Hughes
I have lived in Clarks Green since 1974. It is a superb residential community with a very diverse population. I have served on borough council for the past one and one-half years. During that time, I have served as chairman of the Refuse & Recycling Committee and currently as chairman of the Finance Committee. I pledge to continue the tradition of service to residents while controlling expenses. In this manner our community will continue to be affordable for both individuals and families as we celebrate our 100tth anniversary of incorporation. Education: Phillips Exeter Academy; Bucknell University, B.S. Business Administration; Penn State University, M.B.A. Public Service: Clarks Green Zoning Board, 4 years; Abington Heights School Board, 8 years; Clarks Green Borough Council, 11/2 years. Employment: Penn State University, 4 years; Citizens Savings Association, 30 years; Clerk of Judicial Records Office, 2 years.
David J. Rinaldi (PHOTO)
I am David J. Rinaldi a 59-year-old resident of Clarks Green. I graduated from Scranton Preparatory School, Duquesne Univerity and the Widner School of Law. Prior to beginning private law practice, I was honored to serve as clerk to the late Chief Judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Michael J. Eagen. In May 1980, my brother Art and I founded our law firm, Rinaldi & Rinaldi in Scranton. My wife Lynn and I have been married for thirty years and have resided in Clarks Green since January 1992. During my legal career, I have served as Lackawanna County Solicitor, South Abington Township Solicitor, Lackawanna Housing Solicitor and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocacy Alliance, a non-profit agency providing advocacy and mental health services in Northeast Pennsylvania. I was appointed as a member of the Clarks Green Borough Council in August of 2012 and currently serve in that capacity. Upon my appointment, I was designated as Borough Refuse and Recycling Chairman. I believe maintaining affordability in Clarks Green is the single most important issue currently facing the borough and that government should and must provide the most efficient and least costly essential services to its residents during these difficult economic times. Increased efficiency, elimination of waste, resident accessibility and maintaining the current tax millage rate will be my priorities if elected to serve as your councilman.
CLARKS GREEN MAYOR DEMOCRATS William Thorburn
No candidates on ballot CLARKS GREEN TAX COLLECTOR DEMOCRATS Janice F. Brown
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Janice F. Brown
I am pleased to be running for reelection as the Clarks Green Borough Real Estate Tax Collector. I will continue to bring knowledge, responsibility and experience to Clarks Green as I have served as Wage Tax Collector and Secretary/Treasurer for Clarks Green Borough since 2001. Prior to 2001, I was executive assistant to the Director of Nursing and office manager for the Visiting Nurse Associations of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. My husband Ben and I have been residents of Clarks Green since 2005. Previously we lived in Clarks Summit, moving there in 1988. Our sons Douglas and Chad are graduates of Abington Heights High School and Drexel University. I am proud of our community and am involved with various community activities, which include the Clarks Green Centennial Committee and the Clarks Green Clock Committee. In addition, I volunteer for the Lackawanna County Historical Society; chair the arrangements committee for the annual Gourmet Gala which benefits the Ronald McDonald House; serve as treasurer for the Waverly Comm-Unity Club; am a former board member of the Voluntary Action Center and am a former Scranton Council for Literacy Advance (SCOLA) volunteer. Your Democratic vote or Republican write-in vote for Janice Brown for Clarks Green Borough Real Estate Tax Collector on May 21 will be appreciated. I am proud to serve our borough and residents. Thank you for your vote.
CLARKS SUMMIT BOROUGH COUNCIL
(3 seats) DEMOCRATS Gerrie Fitzgerald Carey Jim Klein Patrick Williams REPUBLICANS Robert A. Bennett M. Vincent Cruciani
Robert A. Bennett (PHOTO) I would like to introduce myself. My name is Robert (Bob) Bennett and I am running for Clarks Summit Borough Council. I will bring proven experience with positive results to the position. My wife, Regina, and I moved to Clarks Summit in 1971 and raised two sons who attended Abington Heights Schools. I have volunteered my time and energy working with various groups, such as the Knights of Columbus, Vietnam Veterans, VFW, and Borough's Recycling committee. As a former borough council member, I participated in successful contract negotiations with the DPW, secured a less expensive medical plan for borough employees, initiated increased pave cut fees resulting in added income for the borough, and was instrumental in saving borough funds by securing guards for exposed utility meters preventing accidental damage, and initiating the hiring of a consultant to prepare a request for proposal for the borough's refuse contract. I ask for your vote in the May 21 primary election so I can again work on your behalf.
M. Vincent Cruciani (PHOTO)
My name is M. Vincent Cruciani and I am running for Clarks Summit Borough Council to bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to our community. Over the past decade, our borough has imposed unnecessary levels of debt on the taxpayers. I do not believe those who pay their required share of taxes should be burdened with a tax increase. I plan to initiate a prudent course of action to rigorously address the debt by focusing on collecting revenue from individuals and property owners who are delinquent in paying their taxes. We must also address the series of unnecessary regulations that have been placed on the people of the borough, particularly on residential property owners. While safety concerns must be considered, we must not unduly restrict the rights of the homeowner. My belief that government functions most effectively when it is accountable to the people guides my opposition to granting more power to unelected boards and authorities. With a background in negotiations, business and law, I possess both the education and experience necessary to contribute to positive governance in our borough. Furthermore, at the age of 30, I represent a new generation of leadership, one especially keen to the long-term health of the borough, as my wife, Melissa, and I plan to live here for decades to come. I am always open to listening to your opinions, ideas and concerns. It would be an honor to represent you on council. On Election Day, I respectfully ask for your vote.
Jim Klein (PHOTO)
My wife Elizabeth and I have lived in the Clarks Summit community for almost forty years. We are members of the Our Lady of the Snows parish, and we have raised our children Kathleen and Christopher in the borough. Clarks Summit is a wonderful community, and I would be proud to serve our community as a member of the borough council. My relevant background is as follows. Born in Cincinnati, I received my B.S. in physics from Xavier University. Later, I received my advanced degrees from Fordham University, where I met my wife, Elizabeth, who is from Scranton. After teaching at Manhattan College, Iona College, and Fordham, I accepted a position at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus. I retired from Penn State after thirty-six years of service and currently hold professor emeritus status at Penn State. In addition to my teaching and research duties, I was a member of both the local campus senate and also the University Senate, serving on numerous academic and administrative committees. Elizabeth and I are active members of the Clarks Summit community and serve on the board of the Friends of the Abington Community Library and selected Friends committees. During my years at Penn State, I worked closely with the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, serving as an officer both at the regional and state level. It was a pleasure to work with the students and teachers in our community in their science endeavors.
Dominic R. Scott (PHOTO) I, Dominic Scott, currently serve as Council Chairman of the Civil Service, Finance, and a member of the Personnel and Union Negotiation Committee. A Clarks Summit resident since age 8, I graduated from CSHS. I served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. I earned a B. S. in business from the University of Scranton as a dean's list student. I was recruited by Ford Motor Company for a management training program and assigned to manage all Ford pension programs. After 37 years as an executive, I returned to my hometown to become involved in the community I love. My contributions include: Lifetime member of the VFW Post 7069, serve as chairman of the local Memorial Day parade and Veterans Day memorial service. At OLS Church, served as president of the Men's Club, acolyte, sing in the choir for funeral masses and usher. Officer in my Knights of Columbus council and assembly Director of Catholic Social Services finance committee Member of the Friends of the Abington Library, finance committee that raised funds for the children's library. Member of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons Financial support of the Library, CS Fire Company, Police, Abington Senior Center, Abington School District and Dalton Food Pantry. I was unanimously appointed to the CS Council. I am running for the remaining two years of my Council seat. I am dedicated to controlling expenses so there will be a balanced budget with no tax increase. I ask for your support. CLARKS SUMMIT BOROUGH COUNCIL
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Robert A. Bennett M. Vincent Cruciani Dominic Scott
CLARKS SUMMIT MAYOR DEMOCRATS Herman Johnson Patty Lawler
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It has been my honor and privilege in representing you as a Clarks Summit Councilman for four-and-a-half years. During my term as a borough councilman, I have represented you confidently, taking issues straight on. Your concerns and how they are handled is the keystone of ethical representation.
While serving you on council, it has come to my attention that there is a need for change in certain matters of borough administration. That is what has driven me into action for pursing the office of mayor. This is a job for a person with previous experience in police department management and who has the ability to negotiate securely with council on behalf of that department. Cost savings is certainly a must in this area but it needs to be done with skill keeping the officers' best interest (livelihood) in mind. Police work has been my own passion and livelihood for 25 years, having been employed in federal government as a chief of security operations. I have the qualifications, ability, desire and best of all the time to do this job well.
I am fully retired and would like nothing better than to serve you as your mayor. I've lived in the borough with my wife, Christine, and our children for thirty years. As I toss my hat into the ring, I look to you for your support and promise if I win I will be a mayor who is visibly involved in our community.
Patty Lawler (PHOTO)
My name is Patty Lawler and I would love to be mayor of Clarks Summit Borough. Serving on council for 15 months, I have an understanding of municipal government but, more importantly, a desire to bring economic growth to our borough.
As mayor, I will guarantee your safety. I will be a presence, a community organizer, spearheading projects that will unite our community, our efforts. I will market/promote our community. "Clarks Summit Borough, the heart of the Abingtons" will be the slogan. Marketing will jump start our businesses, real estate sales, overall popularity and development. I will cooperate with landlords, ABPA, Arts Council, surrounding communities, developers, forming a "chamber of commerce" just for Clarks Summit Borough. I envision economic growth flourishing.
As councilwoman, I transitioned the borough to single stream recycling, created an Earth Day Celebration, initiated phone book recycling in our elementary school, developed recycling initiatives for small businesses. I brought in over $90,000 in grant money. A merit grant was just received to provide new recycling containers with wheels for our seniors. A new police car, scales to monitor the weight of large trucks on State Street were purchased with grant money awarded this past year.
Now a retired teacher, I am shopkeeper at Lawler's Affordable Elegance and host of "The Show with Patty Lawler" on ECTV. I would be grateful for your vote on Tuesday, May 21.
CLARKS SUMMIT TAX COLLECTOR DEMOCRATS Kathy Drake REPUBLICANS Judy A. Belch
Kathy Drake (PHOTO)
A resident of Clarks Summit for 54 years, I believe I can serve our community as a dedicated and efficient tax collector. If elected, this will be my primary focus making it a "full-time" effort. I graduated from Abington Heights School. My work experience includes accounting and credit department work. I was also a supervisor analyst with security clearance at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Conn. Most importantly, I did tax collection work as part of my responsibilities and excellent customer service at a local bank. I was a councilwoman for Clarks Summit Borough and chairman of finance and worked with the taxes. I was on the Centennial Committee, Grant, Recycle, and Police Pension Board. I am married to Kenneth Drake and have two children, Darrell and Wendy Sandly, and five grandchildren. My plans are to be "customer-oriented" and yet collect taxes in a timely and efficient manner. All tax records will be reviewed and updated regularly using 21st century methods and procedures. While I am running on the Democratic ticket, my goal is to serve all constituents equally. I want to work a system out that will benefit the taxpayers and work with the taxpayers in this tough economy.
DALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Jared Gard John W. Montgomery Gus Vlassis DALTON MAYOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Aaron Holzman DALTON TAX COLLECTOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Margaret Peg Sheppard
GLENBURN TWP. SUPERVISOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Michael T. Savitsky
LACKAWANNA TRAIL SCHOOL BOARD Region 2 No candidates
Region 3 Edward J. Clarke, cross-filed
LA PLUME TWP. SUPERVISOR DEMOCRATS Lisa A. Huffsmith
No candidates on ballot LA PLUME TWP. TAX COLLECTOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Clyde E. Ellsworth
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Robert Naegele John J. Shaffer NEWTON TWP. TAX COLLECTOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Ruth E. Hayden
NORTH ABINGTON TWP. SUPERVISOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Thomas Mundrake NORTH ABINGTON TWP. TAX COLLECTOR
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REPUBLICANS Betty L. Opsasnick
RANSOM TWP. SUPERVISOR DEMOCRATS Robert Lukasiewicz REPUBLICANS David W. Bird Jr.
My name is Robert "Bob" Lukasiewicz. I am running for the office of Ransom Township supervisor. Unfortunately, I probably will not get to see all the voters of the township personally, so I ask your support with this statement. I have served the township as a member of Zoning Board of Appeals, elected township auditor and actually did the yearly audits before the job was preformed by an outside firm, and I am presently the township zoning officer. I was asked by residents of the township both Democrat and Republican to run for supervisor. It seems that the residents are tired of being treated like "mushrooms", that is being kept in the dark about township matters. If elected, I would encourage more questions and try to give the residents accurate answers. But remember voters "only you can make the change".
RANSOM TWP. TAX COLLECTOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Lenay Blackwell Jeane Chilcote
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. SUPERVISOR
No candidates on ballot REPUBLICANS Giles W. Stanton
WAVERLY TWP. SUPERVISOR DEMOCRATS Douglas Klamp REPUBLICANS Michael Hoban WAVERLY TWP. TAX COLLECTOR DEMOCRATS Ilona Thurston
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